As gamers prepare for the launch of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, there may be something you might want to start considering.  Who are you going to be online?   Both Sony and Microsoft are rolling out real name ids online for the PS4 and Xbox One.  The idea is to connect friends with their real life friends and family, and also complete the social network circle for people who are on sites like facebook.  The real name id is entirely optional on both the PS4 and Xbox One.  Users still have the option to pick an anonymous gamertag if they want, just like they can today.

While some people may not have any problems deciding what they want to do either way.  There may be some who are on the fence.  In this video, I talk about some of the pros and cons for using and not using your real name on the next gen consoles.

 

Sources for articles quoted in the video.

Can you change your PSN ID name?: playstationlifestyle

PS4 Will let you use your real name online at launch: Kotaku

PS4 will encourage gamers to use their real names online: Computer and Video Games

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